Hans Järta

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Hans Järta
Hans Järta, illustration from Sveriges historia intill tjugonde seklet by Emil Hildebrand
Hans Hierta

(1774-02-11)February 11, 1774
Husby, Dalecarlia
DiedApril 6, 1847(1847-04-06) (aged 73)
Occupation(s)Politician, civil servant

Hans Järta (originally Hans Hierta) (11 February 1774 – 6 April 1847) was a

Kopparberg County. His liberal-conservative philosophy has given him the nickname "Sweden's Edmund Burke

Early life

Hans Hierta was born at Näs kungsgård,

Uppsala university in 1787. He studied theology (a mandatory subject at the time), history, and languages, and graduated in 1791.[1]


After graduating from university, Hierta started working as a minor official for the royal administration. He was present at the masked ball in 1792 where King

Gustav III was assassinated, and in the aftermath of the murder he was questioned but never accused of being part of the conspiracy against the king. He did, however, have a cautiously positive attitude to a more democratic form of government, and in 1800, he renounced his noble rank. In August 1800, Gustavus IV Adolphus rescinded Hierta's right to a noble name and arms, and he changed the spelling of his last name to Järta.[1][2]

In 1828, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


  1. ^ a b Landberg, Georg. "Hans Järta". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (in Swedish). Vol. 20. Stockholm: Riksarkivet. pp. 525–535. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ Anrep, Gabriel (1858–1864). "Hans Hjerta, sedermera Järta". Svenska Adelns Ättartavlor (in Swedish). Vol. 2. Stockholm. pp. 268–269. Retrieved 18 March 2017.{{cite encyclopedia}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
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